Well, it’s ABOUT TIME that somebody did a book like this. My motto has always been to “make your home as unique as you are-“. Susanna Salk brilliantly illustrates just how to do that in her latest Rizzoli book, Decorate Fearlessly: Using whimsy, confidence and a dash of surprise to create deeply personal spaces. This beautiful book delivers a photographic trove of fabulously designed rooms by über talented designers.
design by Fornasetti
This inspirational how-to decorate book is as much about creating a great room (no matter the budget) as it is a state of mind. With this, Salk touches on something that should be deeply considered if not already experienced… the effect that quality design can have on your quality of life… and the notion that your home should reflect and inspire YOU. She shares rule- breaking design ideas that celebrate whimsy and personal style over predictable, safe looks. Amen to THAT.
So many people allow themselves to become paralyzed by the endless possibilities of interior design, or feel obligatorily bound to design according to the age of their home or its architectural elements. The truth is, design should be fun. Your surroundings should inspire you. There is a way to walk the tightrope between conventional and traditional design, and this book is all about it. Salk encourages her readers to express themselves, to transition spaces to better reflect their own lives and personalities, unleash their inner edgy personal style. Cheers to THAT.
design by John Cummins
This book , with over 150 inspiring photographs, addresses key design principles as color and patterns (encouraging self-expression and risk taking) and mixing and accessorizing (fearlessly using decorative elements to express your own personality and background), while illustrating the limitless possibilities personal expression can take. Salk shares design tips and quotes from the designers featured. She encourages her readers:
“Follow your heart to create interiors that don’t worry about the ‘rules’, but are deeply personal to you.”
Sitting down with this book might offer the rush of a strong espresso. Page after page will enthuse you: the rug Jonathan Adler chose on p.65, Tobi Fairley’s clever accessorizing of an accessory on p.69, Kellie Smith’s range of styles/materials on p.78, William Frawley’s Manhattan apartment on p.88, Tilton Fenwick’s side tables on p.98, Eddie Ross and Faith Kochar’s mix of art on p.104, Melissa Rufty’s sassy foyer on p.126, Katie Ridder’s dining chairs on p.159, Kara Mann’s use of color on p.163, Katie Lydon’s dining room on p.167, Lisa Sherry’s banquet and kitchen design on pgs 168 & 179,…
you get the picture… every page is a visual delight.
Imagine how sweet your dreams would be in this exotic getaway~ design by Kate McIntyre & Brad Huntzinger
Thank you, Susanna Salk, for reminding us how fun design should be.
This book should be required reading for all design students of the past, present and future. Homeowners who want to personalize their space will be enlightened by the inspiration that Decorate Fearlessly shares. Beautify your cocktail table with this gem; I highly recommend it to be read and reread- often. Get your copy of Decorate Fearlessly, published by Rizzoli, here. Other books by Susanna Salk include Be Your Own Decorator, Room for Children, and C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon.
Image Credit: All photos are the property of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
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